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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Burt Lancaster
Ava Gardner
Edmond O'Brien
Albert Dekker.
Directors
Robert Siodmak.
Screenwriters
Running Time
102 minutes

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The Killers
And in the noir corner...


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Plot
A former prize fighter gets involved in an armed robbery in this classic adaptation of an Ernest Hemingway story.


Review
The Killers

Burt Lancaster made his screen debut in this variation on an Ernest Hemingway story that crosses Citizen Kane’s flashbacking structure with a staple noir plot.

Exploring a man’s acquiescence in his fate, Anthony Veiller and John Huston’s script follows how Burt Lancaster’s former boxer is duped into an armed robbery by crime boss Albert Dekker’s most fatale of femmes, Ava Gardner.

But while the action grips, this is primarily a triumph of atmosphere, with director Robert Siodmak imposing an Expressionist intimacy and foreboding onto the monochrome photography. And if you think the score sounds familiar, it ended up on TV cop show Dragnet.


Verdict
A triumph of atmosphere and gripping action.


Reviewed by David Parkinson

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A classic film noir with a fine performance from Burt Lancaster. It's hard not to sympathise with the Swede as his infatuation with Ava Gardner sets him on the inevitable road to his demise. I was interested to learn from the Empire review that this was Burt's first screen role, you would never have guessed. ... More

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